For all my friends in Japan, for it was at a bar in Tokyo I was first jokingly yelled at for not knowing the name of this song.
Japan’s obviously having a really rough time at the moment. The devastation caused by the quake and tsunami, and now the nuclear plant crisis. Latest thing I heard, there will soon be power cuts rationed around the country, 3 hours at a time. Now, that this can happen to the world’s third largest economy, that’s just remarkable, frightening. It gives you perspective.
Maybe I’m overreacting, maybe projecting other feelings onto this crisis, but I’m not as distanced to it as the distance itself would suggest. I am thankful for all my friends being alive and well, and that at least such a disaster strikes a country so highly developed and prepared. But meanwhile I’m missing Tokyo to bits. It doesn’t feel right that I’m all safe and sound over here while a whole nation is suffering from challenge after challenge. Heck I remember myself the reoccurring concern one had while living there, of where to take cover in case of an earthquake. Maybe that’s why for once this natural disaster feels so real. It just isn’t fair.
I know I couldn’t make a difference, and truth be told there’s not even much to be done in the Tokyo area. But it’s not about that. It’s about that I’d rather be there and find out first hand what’s going on, than to never be sure if the city as I know it is still there at all.
You got me there, Mother Nature, maybe my hubris had grown too large.